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The Scholarship

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is much more than financial support for your studies.

It is a unique opportunity for young leaders from anywhere on the African continent to further their education in South Africa. While completing postgraduate study in any field of your choice, our leadership development programme will empower you to solve some of Africa’s most difficult challenges. You will begin a life-changing leadership journey, and find a community of people who share your passion for the positive transformation of Africa.

Could you be a Mandela Rhodes Scholar?

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We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

On 1 January 2023, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

I am a citizen of an African country

I have an undergraduate degree with above-average academic results (70% + or Upper Second Class Honours)

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We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.

Leadership:

Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?

Reconciliation:

Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?

Education:

Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?

Entrepreneurship:

Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?

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Explore & Apply

Find out if the Scholarship is for you. Discover how to apply.

Life as a Scholar

Learn more about the scholarship programme. Find out what it’s like to live in South Africa. Hear from past scholars.

After the Scholarship

Learn about ongoing benefits and opportunities for Mandela Rhodes Alumni.

The Scholars

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